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The Courier-Mail 2015 People's Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award

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Remotely Fashionable: A Story of Subtropical Style

Nadia Buick and Madeleine King

The Fashion Archives

Original, eclectic, and occasionally eccentric, Remotely Fashionable: A Story of Subtropical Style is the refreshing sartorial history of a place that fashion forgot: Queensland, Australia. This anthology weaves together 150 years of style in the 'Sunshine State', where flapper frocks were unfashionably long but mid-century beachwear was scandalously brief. Featuring new essays and profiles that are richly illustrated with archival images curated from public and private collections, this unique fashion book proves that Paris, London, and Milan aren't the world's only style capitals.

About the author
Dr Nadia Buick and Madeleine King, curators and researchers based in Brisbane, Australia. Their collaborative research and cultural projects make new connections between fashion, time, and place. They established the online journal and curatorial outfit The Fashion Archives in 2012, examining the past and present of fashion in their home state of Queensland. Buick and King were awarded the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellowship in 2014 for their project High Street Histories.

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All Fall Down

by Matthew Condon

UQP

All Fall Down (UQP) is the gripping finale to Matthew Condon’s epic true-crime trilogy about crooked cops, bagmen and blackmail, and the monumental saga of greed that infiltrated the Queensland police force. Here also ends Police Commissioner Terry Lewis’ story and the demise of the Rat Pack and their corrupt system of graft payments known as ‘The Joke’. As layer upon layer of bribes and deception ricochet throughout the state, the nature of complicity in prostitution, illegal gambling, drugs and paedophilia escalates to a whole new level, leading to the all-encompassing Fitzgerald Inquiry. Lewis remains at the heart of the story — the cool, calculated enigma, the paper-pushing bureaucrat, who continues to protest his innocence today, despite being charged with 15 counts of official corruption.

About the author
Matthew Condon is a prize-winning Australian novelist and journalist. He is currently on staff with the Courier-Mail’s Qweekend magazine. He began his journalism career with the Gold Coast Bulletin in 1982 and subsequently worked for leading newspapers and journals including the Sydney Morning Herald, the Daily Telegraph and Melbourne's Sunday Age. He is also the author of ten books of fiction, most recently The Trout Opera (Random House).

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Day Boy

Trent Jamieson

Text Publishing

Mark is a Day Boy. In a post-traumatic future the Masters—formerly human, now practically immortal—rule a world that bends to their will and a human population upon which they feed. Invincible by night, all but helpless by day, each relies on his Day Boy to serve and protect him. Mark has been lucky in his Master: Dain has treated him well. But as he grows to manhood and his time as a Day Boy draws to a close, there are choices to be made. Will Mark undergo the Change and become, himself, a Master—or throw in his lot with his fellow humans? As the tensions in his conflicted world reach crisis point, Mark’s decision may be crucial. In Day Boy (Text) Trent Jamieson reimagines the elements of the vampire myth in a wholly original way. This is a beautifully written and surprisingly tender novel about fathers and sons, and what it may mean to become a man. Or to remain one.

About the author
Trent Jamieson is a teacher, bookseller and writer of science fiction and fantasy, including the Death Works series. He has twice won Aurealis Awards for his short stories. He lives in Brisbane.

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The Landing

Susan Johnson

Allen & Unwin

Jonathan Lott is confused. His wife has left him for a woman and he doesn't like living alone. Is it true that an about-to-be-divorced man in possession of a good fortune is in need of a new wife? Would Penny Collins do, divorced herself, school teacher and frustrated artist? What about beautiful Anna, blown in from who knows where, trailing broken marriages behind her? There's a lot happening at The Landing, where Jonathan has his beach house, and he's about to find out how much love matters. Susan Johnson's stunning new novel, written with her trademark wit and insight, brilliantly observes what it is to be human and to love: the betrayals, the long and the short alliances, the disappointments and the joys. The Landing (Allen & Unwin) celebrates all of it with verve and style.

About the author
Susan Johnson was shortlisted for the 1991 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for her novel Flying Lessons, shortlisted for the 1994 National Book Council's Banjo Award for the novel A Big Life and shortlisted for the National Biography Award 2000 for her memoir A Better Woman. Her other books include Hungry Ghosts, Messages from Chaos, Women Love Sex (editor and contributor) and Life in Seven Mistakes. The Broken Book was shortlisted for the 2005 Nita B Kibble Award; the Best Fiction Book section of the Queensland Premier's Literary Award; the Westfield/Waverley Library Literary Award, and the Australian Literary Society Gold Medal Award for an Outstanding Australian Literary Work. Her last novel, My Hundred Lovers, was published in 2012 to critical acclaim.

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Swimming Home

Mary-Rose MacColl

Allen & Unwin

In London in the mid-1920s, a young Australian and her aunt are each on a journey of self-discovery - one by attempting to swim the English Channel the other to rediscover the woman she used to be. Like Mary-Rose MacColl's bestselling novel, In Falling Snow, Swimming Home (Allen & Unwin) tells a story of ordinary women who became extraordinary.

About the author
Swimming Home is Mary-Rose MacColl's fifth novel. Her first novel, No Safe Place, was runner-up in the 1995 Australian Vogel literary award and her first non-fiction book, The Birth Wars, was a finalist in the 2009 Walkley Awards. Her international bestseller, In Falling Snow, was published to great acclaim in 2012. She lives in Brisbane, Australia with her husband and son and is an ordinary swimmer.

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The Promise Seed

Cass Moriarty

UQP

In The Promise Seed (UQP), an elderly man, living alone in the suburbs, thinks back on his life – the missed opportunities, the shocking betrayals, the rare moments of joy. When his ten-year-old neighbour hides in his garden one afternoon, they begin an unexpected friendship that offers a reprieve from their individual struggles. Can the old man protect the boy he has come to know – and redeem the boy he once was?

About the author
Cass Moriarty lives and writes in Brisbane. She has worked in public relations and marketing, and volunteered as a counsellor in child protective services. She began writing fiction after the birth of her sixth child. The Promise Seed, her first novel, was shortlisted in the Emerging Author category of the 2013 Queensland Literary Awards.

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Wasted: A Story of Alcohol, Grief and death in Brisbane

Elspeth Muir

Text Publishing

In 2009 Elspeth Muir’s youngest brother, Alexander, finished his last university exam and went out with some mates on the town. Later that night he wandered to the Story Bridge. He put his phone, wallet, T-shirt and thongs on the walkway, climbed over the railing, and jumped thirty metres into the Brisbane River below. Three days passed before police divers pulled his body out of the water. When Alexander had drowned, his blood-alcohol reading was almost five times the legal limit for driving. Why do some of us drink so much, and what happens when we do? Fewer young Australians are drinking heavily, but the rates of alcohol abuse and associated problems—from blackouts to sexual assaults and one-punch killings—are undiminished. Intimate and beautifully told, Wasted (Text) illuminates the sorrows, and the joys, of drinking.

About the author
Elspeth Muir is a Brisbane author whose writing has appeared in the Lifted Brow, The Best of the Lifted Brow: Volume One, Griffith Review, Voiceworks and Bumf. She is a postgraduate student at the University of Queensland.

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Dying: A Memoir

Cory Taylor

Text Publishing

Cory Taylor wrote this remarkable book in the space of a few weeks before her death from melanoma-related cancer in July 2016. In a tremendous creative surge, as her body weakened, she described the experience of knowing she would soon die. Her powerful and beautifully written book is a clear-eyed account of the tangle of her feelings, her reflections on her life, her memories of the lives and deaths of her parents. She tells us why it was important to her to have the ability to choose the circumstances of her death. Dying: A Memoir (Text) is a breathtaking book about vulnerability and strength, courage and humility, anger and acceptance. It is a deeply affecting meditation on dying, but it is also a funny and wise tribute to life.

About the author
Cory Taylor was born in Queensland in 1955. She was an award-winning novelist and screenwriter who also published short fiction and children’s books. Her first novel, Me and Mr Booker, won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Pacific Region) in 2012 and her second novel, My Beautiful Enemy, was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award in 2014. She died on 5 July 2016, a couple of months after Dying: A Memoir was published.

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